The human-scaled, human-like sculptures of Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir will touch down at Grant Park's Solti Garden (Jackson & Michigan) August 8. Arranged in 13 pairs, one cast in iron and the other aluminum, the figures "mirror each other in silent conversation," per the press release. Thórarinsdóttir has exhibited her "Borders" installation in Seattle, NYC, and Dallas, and her work has traversed the continents.
The release continues: "Modeled after Thórarinsdóttir's oldest son, the static, life-sized figures allow park visitors to engage with them by crossing the invisible "borders" they create." Adds Thórarinsdóttir: "Using human figures makes it possible for people to relate to this work very directly, but at the same time the characteristics of the figure are reserved and anonymous— they don't force themselves on the viewer. The show reflects on the opposites of human existence— on division but also on unity." The Chicago Park District and Grant Park Conservancy are backing the installation, which will remain the public's plaything until next Spring.
·Icelandic Artist Brings 26 Life-Sized Sculptures to Solti Garden [Chicago Park District]